Campsite vacancy highlights: September 7-9

The forecast is looking good for this weekend, so why not spend it outside?

We’ve got a slew of waterfront campsites available, PLUS some parks even have unbooked cabins (available as of 12:00 pm on September 6, 2018).

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Halloween 2018 at Ontario Parks

By the pricking of our thumbs, something wicked this way comes…

We’ve got tons of haunted Halloween events coming up this month! And don’t forget to check out events page for late-breaking additions.

Will you be visiting the ghosts of campers past this October?

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Preparing for winter when you live off the land

This blog post comes from Sheila Wiebe, a Natural Heritage Education Specialist at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Don’t forget to check out Bronte Creek’s Harvest Festival on September 22 and 23, 2018!

Anyone who tends their own vegetable garden will know first-hand that one needs to be resourceful at harvest time. The size of your garden and what you’ve grown determines how you harvest, consume, or store the yield.

When considering this, it becomes apparent that there are similarities between how humans and wild animals prepare for winter.

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Top 8 historical experiences in Ontario Parks

The landscapes of our provincial parks are like a vault of stories waiting to be opened.

This post showcases the top eight historical experiences across the province that shed light on the unique history of the land.

Discover the mosaic of Ontario’s rich cultural history while visiting our parks!

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 8 – June 10

It’s looking like a beautiful weekend to go camping! Get outside and enjoy the weather at one of these featured campsites.

There are a bunch of rustic cabins in this week’s preview, AND a cottage in Temagami!

Scout out your ideal campsiteon our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of 1:00 pm on June 7, 2018):

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Ontario’s trilliums and where to enjoy them

Today’s post comes from Assistant Zone Ecologist Pilar Manorome.

Spring is probably my favourite season as it brings new life to our parks in the form of migrating birds and emerging spring ephemerals, giving our forests’ their long awaited pops of vibrant colours and contrast. One of our visitors’ favourite sights is Ontario’s provincial flower, the White Trillium, as their blooms blanket the forest floor.

Most people know of the White Trillium — also referred to as Wake Robin or Large-leaved Trillium — as Ontario’s provincial flower. This is the flower featured on many of our provincial documents, from health cards to driver’s licenses.

Here are the top five fun facts about this iconic Ontario species:

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How to tap a maple tree

This blog comes from Cathy Entwhistle, a Senior Park Interpreter at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. 

It’s that time of year again, when the sweet sounds of spring fill Bronte Creek Provincial Park: the twittering of returning songbirds, the laughter of visitors strolling through the woods, and the plink! plink! plink! of sugar maple sap dripping into a maple bucket.

A visit to the Maple Syrup Festival walks you through the full history and process of making Canada’s favourite sweet syrup. With a few simple steps and tools, you can bring that history home with you.

Here’s how to make your own delicious maple syrup:

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